Friday Concert 7 Beethoven Orchester Bonn
In a text on Tippett's A Child of Our Time, the American musicologist and long-time dramaturge of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Steinberg, evokes memories of the “Night of Broken Glass” on 9 November 1938: He describes the morning after and tells of streets littered with shards of broken glass; of overturned gravestones in Jewish cemeteries; of smoke from burned-out synagogues still ghosting through the streets; and then writes: "I saw, heard and smelled all of this as a ten-year-old Jewish boy in Breslau, Germany (today Wroclaw, Poland)."
Steinberg subsequently explores his relationship to the oratorio that found its origin in that very night: A Child of our Time. Michael Tippett wrote it as a warning to future generations on the atrocities and injustices of the time. Written in the tradition of Bach and Händel, with spirituals instead of the chorales of Bach. A work for the people.
This is also the sentiment of Steinberg, for whom Tippett's oratorio symbolizes the relevance of music for our life per se: "I feel as if I have owned Tippett's work all of my life, and it too, has taken hold of me."
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18:15 Concert introduction
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